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Female doll

Photo Credit: Susan Cole

Female doll


Agnes James


Basketry dolls were made for girl's play and to teach domestic crafts, and for the thriving commercial market in modern time. As with baskets, women put their individual artistic signatures on these delightful works. Miniature tools appropriate for each gender accompany the dolls.
Woven grass
approx. 12in. high
Gift of Vi Hilbert
Provenance: Provenance: Artist; Vi Hilbert (as purchase), Washington, (ca. 1985-1995) until 2005
Photo Credit: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, S'abadeb - The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, October 24, 2008 - January 11, 2009; Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC, November, 2009 - March, 2010

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Song, Story, Speech: Oral Traditions of Puget Sound's First People, August 5, 2004- December 12, 2005

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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